The Most Important Step Of Faith You’ll Ever Take Is Hope

Are there times that you’ve prayed and it seems like God is nowhere to be found?

It’s hard to take steps of faith…when you’re not even sure you’ll make it through another day…let alone another step…if something doesn’t change, if your prayer isn’t answered (again), or if you can’t seem to see God working on your behalf.

We all go through this…

It’s hard to pray and expect God to answer when you don’t really believe down deep that He is going to answer.

Here’s the good news…You’re not alone in this!

Many people in the Bible went through the same thing, yet somehow they found a way to take the most important step of faith they would ever take.

One of the best examples of a person like that is Abraham…

In fact, Abraham discovered this most important step of faith (that leads to answered prayer, by the way)…He discovered it for himself and the Bible records how he used it.

If you want to have your prayers answered, then you’re going to need to take the same first step.

The most important step of faith you’ll ever take is hope.

Here’s what the Bible says about Abraham…

Romans 4:18

18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”

If you don’t have hope that God is going to answer your prayer, then honestly you don’t have faith that God is going to answer your prayer.

To say that hope is important is an understatement.

Hope is the part of faith that convinces us God will answer our prayers.

Hope convinces…

It’s easy to see why hope is the the most important step of faith you’ll ever take. Because if you are literally hopeless that God will hear you, or answer you…if you think God doesn’t care about your prayer…it kills your faith!

As long as you have hope that God will answer your prayer, you won’t give up because of the negative circumstance you find yourself in at the moment.

Here’s the question you need to answer:
How do I keep hoping even if I don’t see a reason to hope?

The answer to this question is found in what hope is linked to

I want you to reread the scripture about Abraham and notice something about it…

Romans 4:18

18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”

If you want to keep your hope alive, then you have to understand that…

Hope is linked to God’s promises.

The reason that Abraham could hope in God…even when there seemed to be no reason for hope, was the fact that God had made him a promise. And God has made amazing promises to you too! Chances are you have never heard God’s audible voice…that’s okay because God has spoken to every one of us through His word…and it is filled with unquestionable promises that serve as an anchor for our hope and  faith.

When you base your prayers on the clear promises of God, you can have hope that God will answer your prayer…because in answering your prayer, God is simply keeping His word.

Today you need to take the most important step of faith you’ll ever take, and that step is to have hope in God.

How do you have hope? How do you make hope come alive in your heart?

There are three ways that you can make hope come alive in your heart, and the good news is…you can control all of them. You can decide today to put these into practice:

1.) Speak words of hope.

You control what you speak. Your words are important.

There is this little principle in the Bible that people refer to as “sowing and reaping”. And you guessed it…it literally means that you will always reap exactly what you’ve sown.

If you sow hopeful words…your going to reap a growing hope in your heart.

The scripture I listed earlier states that “Abraham kept hoping”. Even when there was no reason for him to hope, he just kept on hoping in God.

There may not be any visible reason for you to have hope; but if you continue to “sow” hope, you’ll “reap” hope.

  • Speak words that are  hopeful.
  • Be encouraging when you talk with other people about your situation. (and theirs)
  • Learn a few scriptures that you can speak out…scriptures that are clear promises from God.
  • Thank God in advance for changing your situation.

The words you speak always affect and change the life you live. Words have power. Words of hope have greater power.

2.) Connect your prayer to God’s promise.

  • If you have a need in your life, connect that need to clear promise of God in the Bible.
  • Pray God’s promise back to Him.
  • When you base your prayers on the word of God, it always brings hope and ignites faith.

3.) Surround yourself with positive, hopeful people.

  • Be careful of who you allow to speak into your life when you’re trying to believe God for something.
  • You need people surrounding you that will lift you up, and encourage you.
  • Most of all you need people who will really pray for you and pray with you about your needs.

Hope is essential.

Having hope is the most important step of faith you’ll ever take.

Hope is the part of faith that convinces us God will answer our prayers.

How is it going to help anything to give up hope?

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Question – What’s a scripture that gives you hope? Tell me about it in the comments box below.

Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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